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Bob Teegan pulled into the parking lot and turned off the ignition. The sun was just coming up and there were very few cars on the road, but someone had still managed to cut him off and yell an obscenity out of their window. Bob opened his glove box and grabbed a handful of napkins to wipe the spilt coffee on his shirt. He doused the crumpled wad with a bottle of water and rubbed the stain in small circular motions, making a bigger mess than before. He decided that would have to do and stepped out of the car.
Sam Kaiser was smoking a cigarette by the entrance of the building. Sam was a know-it-all so Bob kept their conversations brief. He nodded politely and gave a half-hearted grin.
“Got some fresh meat comin’ in today, Teegan. Go easy on ‘em, huh?” he said with a chortle. Sam insisted on telling that same tired joke every time a new crop of employees began training. No one found it funny but they always pretended to laugh.
“Hey now, that’s real clever. Take it easy.” Bob feigned amusement and reached for the door. Continue Reading